By the end of the 21st century, the Earth has been reduced to a wasteland, following large-scale chemical warfare. Only England and Australia remain inhabitable, although they are a tad overcrowded. The teeming masses of Australia commute to England to work low-end jobs, while native English get the higher paying leadership positions. Naturally, that leads to some complaints from the Australian servant class, and some domestic terrorism/freedom fighting has broken out. Times are tense, but I know what you are wondering. How can people commute across the globe on a regular basis? If you guessed via a tunnel bored through the center of the planet, you defied logic and guessed right! Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) is one of these menial Australian laborers. While he has a home, a gorgeous wife, Lori (Kate Beckinsale), and a job, he is unsatisfied. He has recurring dreams of another woman, with them on the run together from the government.
|He's married to Beckinsale, but dreams of Biel. Quaid is an ungrateful bastard.|
|I vote real. My imagination wouldn't come up with that dumb hairstyle.|
The acting in Total Recall (2012) is pretty mediocre. Nobody is fantastic, but nobody hams it up, either (which is probably an upgrade from the original film). In the lead role, Colin Farrell looked suitably confused and he was convincing in his action scenes. This role doesn't play to his strengths (thick brogue and empathetic eyebrows), but he plays a generic hero well enough. Kate Beckinsale took on the role of the primary villain, which is a change of pace for her. She doesn't actually seem evil, so much as she is paramilitary with crazy eyes.
This is only director Len Wiseman's fourth effort behind the camera (and his first since 2007), but it's hard to tell. Wiseman (best known for the Underworld series) slips effortlessly back into glossy action movie-mode with Total Recall (2012). There is a metric crap-ton of action in this movie, and it all looks great.
|Although it sometimes seems like an excuse to check out his wife's butt|
|A hand-video-phone? That's awesome!|
|...but she apparently enjoyed every minute of it|
Total Recall (2012) is definitely a well-produced film, and it is undoubtedly full of action. None of that means anything if the characters suck, though. Well, I suppose that's not entirely true; if the action is ridiculous enough, it can balance out terrible characters, but that's not the case here. Let's take one of the many chase scenes as a for instance:
|Planting courtesy of Rekall|
|Cue fight scene 27|